Newsletter for games through 9-13-20

SCHEDULE TWEAKS

The Pittsburg-St. Louis series that was cancelled earlier this year will be made up with one game on 9/18 and two games the day after the last regularly scheduled game of the year on 9/28. MLB scheduled that double-header on 8/27, but we’ve bumped it to the end of the season since that should have the least impact on the overuse issues. And also because I forgot to make the change on August 27.

BIG GAME

Dakota Hudson (St. Louis) threw a no-hitter on 9/11/2020 against Cincinnati…no help with great plays on defense and no errors…struck out 13 and only walked two…strange karma to throw your best on 9-11 and get 13 strikeouts on an Friday…

COMMENTARY

Rick Wynne ran the table in the NL West and is now +2 WOR…as of now, his streak of never having hit negative WOR is in tact…he also has a 5 game lead over the Padres and the best record in the ASFBL…and those Padres were 5-2…but the best job in that division might be Ben Leckie who has the Dbacks 5.5 games over the actual club…newcomer Gary Ruud seems to have caught the hang of things and is now within 2 games of the actual Giants…Atlanta and Philly are racing in the NL East, with Danny Wildes getting the better of the division this week and inching out by another game…He’s 8-2 over the last 10, tied with the Dodgers…Danny has made the playoffs 6 of the last 7 years, turned in consecutive 99 win seasons, and actually skippered the Phillies (who are now chasing him) between 2009-2012…Raph has turned the Reds into a big machine, but Gordon Leckie‘s Cubs and Jeremy Moore’s Cards each gained ground this week…Raph is having a phenomenal season but Gordon could catch him…in fact, every team in the NL central had a winning record this week except for the Reds…that rushing sound you hear from the AL East are Alan Minsky’s Rays and Mark Yee’s Yankees charging toward the top of the division…but right now Mark Chen has the Orioles in the top spot by virtue of a +7.5 WOR…and is the only owner in the East to be in positive territory other than Steve Leslie’s Bosox…Leo Leckie rounds out the Leckie family sweep with the top spot in the AL Central and the best record in the senior circuit…he’s in a dogfight with Steven Skrovan who has the Indians 3 games up on the real club, the only AL central team who’s ahead of the actual team…Jim Casey’s Astros lead the west, but this week went to Ben Brockreide’s Rangers, who went 6-1 and immediately turned from also-rans to serious contenders for that last wildcard spot…as things stand now, Tim Walsh’s Twins have a solid bead on the top AL wildcard spot, but 8 teams have between 20 and 22 wins and are vying for the final playoff berth…in the NL the logjam is tighter and literally every single team has a shot at the wildcards…all 9 teams who aren’t in first or second have between 18 and 23 wins, so one big week could swing it all…oddity of the week: The Twins are only 16-18 within their division but are 11-3 in inter-league play…road takeout must be tastier than home cooking…

FEATS AND FAILURES

  • Shane Bieber (Cleveland) struck out 11 batters (on 9/7/2020 against Kansas City)
  • Stephen Piscotty (Oakland) struck out 4 times (on 9/7/2020 against Houston)
  • Christian Walker (Arizona) struck out 4 times (on 9/7/2020 against San Francisco)
  • Manuel Margot (Tampa Bay) struck out 4 times (on 9/8/2020 against Washington)
  • Miguel Rojas (Miami)  had 5 hits (on 9/8/2020 against Atlanta)
  • Garrett Cooper (Miami) hit 6 RBI (on 9/8/2020 against Atlanta)
  • Lewis Brinson (Miami) hit 6 RBI (on 9/8/2020 against Atlanta)
  • Lewis Brinson (Miami)  had 5 hits (on 9/8/2020 against Atlanta)
  • Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee) struck out 13 batters (on 9/8/2020 against Detroit)
  • Miguel Sano (Minnesota) struck out 4 times (on 9/8/2020 against St. Louis)
  • Joey Gallo (Texas) struck out 4 times (on 9/8/2020 against Anaheim)
  • Jacob deGrom (Anaheim) struck out 12 batters (on 9/8/2020 against Texas)
  • Anderson Tejeda (Texas) struck out 4 times (on 9/8/2020 against Anaheim)
  • Erick Mejia (Kansas City) struck out 4 times (on 9/9/2020 against Cleveland)
  • Patrick Corbin (New York (NYY)) struck out 11 batters (on 9/9/2020 against Toronto)
  • Yoan Moncada (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 4 times (on 9/9/2020 against Pittsburgh)
  • Sixto Sanchez (Miami) struck out 12 batters (on 9/9/2020 against Atlanta)
  • Ian Anderson (Atlanta) struck out 11 batters (on 9/9/2020 against Miami)
  • Cameron Maybin (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 9/9/2020 against Milwaukee)
  • Willi Castro (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 9/9/2020 against Milwaukee)
  • Dinelson Lamet (San Diego) struck out 11 batters (on 9/9/2020 against Colorado)
  • Curt Casali (Cincinnati) struck out 4 times (on 9/9/2020 against Chicago (CC))
  • Blake Snell (Tampa Bay) struck out 14 batters (on 9/10/2020 against Boston)
  • Mike Kickham (Boston) struck out 14 batters (on 9/10/2020 against Tampa Bay)
  • Aaron Nola (Philadelphia) struck out 12 batters (on 9/10/2020 against Miami)
  • Trevor Bauer (Cincinnati) struck out 16 batters (on 9/10/2020 against Chicago (CC))
  • Dakota Hudson (St. Louis) struck out 13 batters (on 9/11/2020 against Cincinnati)
  • James McCann (Chicago (CWS)) hit 6 RBI (on 9/12/2020 against Detroit)
  • Eloy Jimenez (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 4 times (on 9/12/2020 against Detroit)
  • Franmil Reyes (Cleveland) struck out 4 times (on 9/12/2020 against Minnesota)
  • Adam Duvall (Atlanta) struck out 4 times (on 9/13/2020 against Washington)
  • Max Scherzer (Washington) struck out 12 batters (on 9/13/2020 against Atlanta)
  • Deivi Garcia (New York (NYY)) struck out 13 batters (on 9/13/2020 against Baltimore)
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes (Philadelphia) struck out 4 times (on 9/13/2020 against Miami)
  • Lucas Giolito (Chicago (CWS)) struck out 11 batters (on 9/13/2020 against Detroit)
  • Willi Castro (Detroit) struck out 4 times (on 9/13/2020 against Chicago (CWS))
  • Matt Kemp (Colorado) struck out 4 times (on 9/13/2020 against Anaheim)
  • Jacob deGrom (Anaheim) struck out 11 batters (on 9/13/2020 against Colorado)

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